Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3rd Annual Festival/Kermés

3rd Annual Festival/Kermés is going to take place in front of the Old Gym/ASB this Thursday, October 30 from 3-5:30 pm.  Entrance is free and everyone is welcome, so you may bring your kids, too. Please join us to have some fun with our games, food (tostadas, nachos, aguas frescas, churritos, etc), and entertainment. Hosted by: Ballet Folklorico Tlapalan.

Monday, October 27, 2014


FREE Community Event.

Tues., October 28 & Wed., October 29 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
with EXTENDED HOURS so you and your family can join us whether after school or work!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Upcoming Community Service Opportunity

The American Diabetes Association is looking for volunteers to help with their Step Out Walk on Sunday Nov. 2nd 2014. There are various opportunities available ranging from "Pre-Event" assistance on Nov 1st to "Day Of" event assistance on Nov 2nd. There are several shifts to choose from and each shift earns anywhere from 2.5 to 5.5 hours of community service. More information and shift descriptions can be found on the community service board. If interested, pick up a volunteer form and waiver in the counseling center.

Cal Soap College Fair Reminder


Wednesday Oct 29th is the Cal Soap College Fair. SUHI will be offering a bus which will leave campus at 6pm and return by 8pm. Permission slips can be picked up in the counseling center and should be turned in by Tues Oct. 28th. Parents are welcome to join you. Don't miss out!!!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We're now on @instagram! Follow us @SUHIcounseling!


Scholarship Bulletin - October 2014

If you have any questions regarding the scholarships below or scholarships in general, please see Mrs. Donato-Palmore in the Counseling Center. 

Better Business Bureau Torch Awards Scholarship Essay Program: 
THEME: "The Importance of Ethics and Integrity in our Community"
Five cash scholarships $500, $750, $1,000, $1,250, $1,500. Essay no longer than 400 words. Students may apply online at
A member of the graduating class of 2015 or 2016
Application deadline: October 24, 2014

Prudential Spirit of Community Award: 
The award was created to honor both middle and high school students for outstanding acts of community service. There is a potential to receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C.. Students may apply online at or
Grades 7-12 youth volunteers
Application deadline: November 4, 2014 to Ms. Donato-Palmore

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
The scholarship program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors. Students selected may receive up to $40,000 per year.
High school seniors
Financial need
Enrolling in an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2015
Overall unweighted grade point average of 3.5 or above
SAT 1200+ or ACT composite 26+
Application deadline: November 4, 2014 to Ms. Donato-Palmore

Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) Branch 289 Americanism Essay Contest:
Theme: "Why I Am Proud To Be An American"
Awards are $100, $200, $300 for local brance winners; $1,000, $1,500, $2,500 for national winners; $5,000 for national grand prize winner. Essays no longer than 350 words.
Grades 7-12
See Ms. Donato-Palmore for more details
Application deadline: November 18 to Ms. Donato-Palmore. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2014

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship:
Applications will be judged on Scholarship, Leadership, Financial Need. There is a potential to receive up to $50,000. Students may download the application at
High school senior
United States citizens
Application deadline: before December 5, 2014 to Ms. Donato-Palmore

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
The APIASF General Scholarship is open to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school and college students who will be enrolling in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year, Fall 2015. There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amount, number of years, field of study, location, and more.
Additional Information:
Below is a list of the current scholarship opportunities available and requirements associated with each scholarship. You only need to complete one application. Based on the answers you submit, you will be automatically considered for the scholarships for which you are eligible to receive.
APIASF/AT&T Scholarship
APIASF/BBCN Bank Scholarship
APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/Darden Restaurants Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/FedEx Scholarship
APIASF/Frances Sonn Nam Memorial Scholarship
APIASF/NBCUniversal Scholarship
APIASF/Southern California Edison Scholarship
APIASF/Toyota Scholarship
APIASF/TAAP (A Toyota Giving Circle) Scholarship
APIASF/Target Scholarship
APIASF/United Health Foundation Scholarship
APIASF/Wells Fargo Scholarship
Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

Gates Millennium Scholars Program 2015:
Support for the cost of education by covering unmet need and self-help aid, including graduate school funding for continuing Scholars in the areas of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.
Students must do the online application at
High school seniors enrolling in a U.S. college or university in Fall 2015
Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or
other activities
Minimum 3.3 GPA
Demonstrate financial need (Federal Pell Grand eligibility criteria)
United States citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian & pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American
Application deadline: January 14, 2015

Better Business Bureau 2015 Student Ambassador Program
The program gives students the opportunity to deliver information to their peers on campus regarding budgeting, saving, using credit cards wisely, reading credit reports and protecting their identity. Students may apply online at and to get more information.
A member of the graduating class of 2015 or 2016
Application Open January 1 - February 20, 2015

WACE National Co-op Scholarship Program
Scholarship amount depends on the university. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must apply to one of the eleven WACE partner institutions listed below:
Clarkson University State University of New York Oswego
Drexel University University of Cincinnati
Johnson & Wales University University of Massachusetts Lowell
Rochester Institute of Technology The University of Toledo
Wentworth Institute of Technology Merrimack College
Kettering University
Apply online at
See Ms. Donato-Palmore for details
Application deadline: February 15, 2015

Brad Fowler Scholarship Fund
One year scholarship worth $5,000.
High school senior
United States citizens
Enrolling in two- or four-year college in the Fall of 2015
Has overcome personal obstacles and troubles in life associated with drugs or alcohol
Demonstrate athletic achievement in organized sports, leadership ability, personal responsibility, academic growth
Demonstrate financial need
See Ms. Donato-Palmore for details
Application deadline: February 20, 2015

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Credit Recovery Session 2 Starts this Week

Do you have D and F grades you need to make up?

See your counselor to sign up for credit recovery!

“F” grades do not earn credits for graduation. 

“D” and “F” grades do not allow for completion of A-G admissions requirements for the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. 

Remember, recover “F” grades first!

Upcoming College Admissions Presentations

Sign up with Ms. Luansing in the Counseling Center!

Oct 17th 11:30AM SDSU
Oct 20th 2PM Grand Canyon University
Oct 22nd 9:30AM University of California Santa Barbara
Oct 29th 12Noon University of California San Diego


Last year we referred 82 students to this program and 64 students received FREE glasses.

My goal this year is to refer 100 students but I need your HELP…

Do you know a student who needs a FREE EYE EXAM AND EYE GLASSES???

Sweetwater High has been selected to participate in a free eye clinic that will provide students with free eye exams and eyeglasses.

The National City Eye Clinic will be held November 10-14, 2014 at National City YMCA at Las Palmas Park located at 1810 East 22nd Street, National City, CA 91950. 

If you know a student who could benefit from this program:
· You can print the forms for them (see attached) OR
· They can pick up the forms in the health office
· They can download the forms here:

Only students who are REGISTERED and have a signed consent will be able to participate in the program.

The LAST day to register is October 27th.

Thank you,
Carolyn Ross, RN, MSN
School Nurse
Sweetwater High School

Celebrate My Drive: Keeping Teen Drivers Safe and Alive

First, the not-so-good news: More teens die from car crashes than any other cause. And the first year of driving is the most dangerous.

The good news: There’s something we all can do about it. And it involves a celebration!

That’s what Celebrate My Drive is about – celebrating this big, new life of freedom that comes with a driver’s license. Part of that life means making smart choices behind the wheel, which is why we’re spreading the message of 2N2® – 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel. It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road.

This party even gives you and your high school a chance at some pretty sweet prizes - like a $100,000 or $25,000 Grant for your high school, and maybe even one of two Grand Prize concerts featuring GRAMMY® Nominated The Band Perry.

Share this logo on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Make sure you use the hashtag #CelebrateMyDrive and #SUHILives! Get all your friends and family to pledge to be a safe driver by visiting and choosing Sweetwater High!!

Top Five Reminders for Freshman Applicants to the University of California (UC) campuses

1. Send official ACT, SAT and TOEFL scores to just one UC campus: UC will share them with all campuses to which you applied.

2. December Examination Dates (SAT/ACT) are acceptable even though the application is due by November 30th.

Indicate your Dec. 2014 planned test date(s) on the admission application; be sure to request that the official scores be sent to one UC campus.3. Do not send transcripts/academic records; UC will request them if they are needed during the review process.

4. Do not send letters of recommendation; UC does not require them or read them unless requested.

5. After submitting your application, you can log in to your application to review and, if necessary, change your telephone number, e-mail, mailing address or report new SAT, ACT, TOEFL, or International Exam Scores. Minor changes to your activities, awards, volunteer work, employment or personal statement are unlikely to have an impact on your admission decision. However, if you have significant updates in any of these areas, you may notify the UC Application Center at

CSU Freshman Admitted Student Profile - 2014

Thinking of applying to a California State University? Check out these average GPAs, SAT scores, and ACT scores of students who were admitted for Fall 2014!

Average GPA: 3.2
Average SAT: 912
Average ACT 19

Channel Islands
Average Freshmen GPA : 3.21

Average GPA: 3.39
Average SAT (CR/M): 1018
Average ACT: 22

Dominguez Hills
Average GPA: 3.07
Average ACT: 17
Average SAT: 850

Freshmen Average GPA: 3.1
—Average Test Scores: SAT- 1,000
ACT- 19*

Average GPA: 3.34
Average SAT: 913
Average ACT: 19

Average GPA: 3.483
Average SAT Score: 1018

Average HS GPA: 3.21
Average SAT Math: 490
Average SAT Verbal: 500
ACT Comp: 2

Long Beach
Average GPA: 3.70
Average SAT: 112
Average ACT:24

Los Angeles
Average GPA: 3.21
Average SAT: 885
Average ACT: 17.6

GPA: 3.04-3.68
SAT: 970-1,190
ACT: 21-27

Monterrey Bay
Avg HS GPA: 3.08
Avg SAT M&CR: 975
Avg ACT Comp: 21

Average GPA: 3.18
Average SAT: 927

High School GPA: 3.50
SAT Composite Score: 1,070
ACT Composite Score: 26

—Average GPA Freshmen: 3.25
—Average Test Score SAT 951 
ACT 21

San Bernardino
Average GPA: 3.19
Average SAT: 900
Average ACT: 19

3.82 Average high school GPA
1159 Average SAT
25.7 Average ACT

San Jose
Average applicant GPA: 3.27
Average SAT 1036
ACT: 22

San Luis Obispo
3.97 Average High School GPA
29 Average ACT Score
1318 Average SAT Score

San Marcos
Average GPA = 3.24
Average SAT = 948
 Average ACT = 19.8

Average GPA: 3.21
Average SAT: 1040
Average ACT: 22

Average GPA: 3.31
Average SAT: 950
Average ACT: 19

Check out Rowan University in New Jersey! Now Test-Optional!

Education at Rowan is all about personalized attention and real hands-on experience. At Rowan, we understand real learning is more than taking great classes and involves growth in leadership, independence and self-knowledge. Rowan offers 89 academic programs that combine course work, internship activities, service projects and research experience that will give students the preparation they need to achieve success!

Rowan University announced a new test-optional admissions policy to take effect for fall 2015 applicants which means the SAT/ACT is NOT REQUIRED!

For more information, please contact us at or follow us on twitter @RowanAdmissions. Rowan University offers many campus tour and open house opportunities as well as an online virtual tour. We hope to see you on campus soon!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Interested in Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering?

We want to make sure that you have an opportunity to explore the many exciting options available to them at Lawrence Tech!

Lawrence Tech offers over 100 degree programs in Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Our students are directly admitted into their programs and begin major-specific curriculum their first semester! Some students have even graduated with their own patents. At Lawrence Tech, you aren’t just a face in a crowd. With our 11/1 student-to-professor ratio, our professors work hard to ensure student success.

 We don’t want to just help students find a job after graduation, we want to help them find a career! Lawrence Tech has great partnerships with in-state, national, and international companies, which actively recruit on campus through internship, co-op, and job fairs each semester. And students don’t have to be an upperclassmen to attend! That’s just one of the reasons 90% of our students have a job in their field within 6 months of graduating! Not to mention Lawrence Tech also ranks in the top 7% for return on investment nationally

About two-thirds Lawrence Tech students receive some form of financial assistance from various private, state, and federal programs.  When a student is accepted to Lawrence Tech, we automatically review their file to see if they are eligible for any of our merit-based scholarships. These scholarships range from $6,000 per year up to full tuition. Additionally, we also offer athletic and portfolio scholarships. If your students are looking for some additional funding, we also host a scholarship competition for students every spring with award packages up to $4,000 per year.

Lawrence Technology University

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Anti-Bullying Conference - Bridging the Gap

Otay Ranch will be the host site for an anti-bullying conference scheduled for Oct. 18, 10AM-2PM. The conference is sponsored by an outside organization Bridging the Gap – where hope is born. Students are to register online by clicking the link below. Numbers are limited to 500 participants. Thank you.

Registration Link-

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The RED DEVIL Way - Nominate Today!

Sweetwater High's RED DEVIL WAY is a our way to recognize students and staff who demonstrate the desired characteristics of being a Red Devil though model citizenship on campus.

Please access the nomination form here. It is our goal to recognize students weekly and staff monthly. Students/staff will also be highlighted on the school news, invited to a breakfast with the principal, as well as other special recognition on campus. Please take a few minutes to recognize outstanding Sweetwater students and staff. 

Thanks again for your support and we look forward to receiving your nominations!

Watch our Red Devil Way Recognitions videos:
Check out our social media posts: #RedDevilWay

Monday, October 6, 2014

2015 Leadership Conference for High School Students Information

2015 Leadership Conference for High School Students Information

DATE: March 26-29, 2015
LOCATION: Sacramento, CA
DEADLINE: November 17, 2014

Background: The annual Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) conference provides a select group of 50 Asian and Pacific Islander seniors and juniors from public, private and charter high schools throughout California with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process, community leadership, and political activism. During the four-day, three-night conference, students will participate in a Mock Legislature at the State Capitol that includes the election of peer legislative leaders, lively debate of current issues through the introduction of legislation, and the lobbying of bills during committee hearings and the Senate floor session. Additionally, small group workshops facilitated by Asian Pacific legislative staff, community activists, and business leaders will assist students in developing their leadership and public speaking skills, enhance their cultural awareness and identity, and explore the richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in California.

Who Should Apply: Although any California junior or senior year high school student may apply, APYLP strongly encourages applications from Asian and Pacific Islander youth who have some leadership experience and especially from students who show leadership potential, but whose participation in programs such as APYLP may have been hindered in the past by economic, geographic, language, or other factors. The conference program is designed specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander youth to learn more about themselves, issues of importance to their communities, and how to empower their leadership potential through the political process, public service and community service. Participants in past conferences have been representative of the rich cultural, racial, multiracial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities from urban, suburban and rural areas throughout California.
Transportation, Room & Board: There is no cost to students accepted to the high school leadership conference. Through its fundraising efforts and generous sponsorships, APYLP pays all costs for travel, lodging, meals, and conference materials for all students selected to participate in the conference. The high school program is a supervised activity with volunteer advisors assigned to each student throughout the program.
Instructions for Applicants: The simple four-page application is available in both online and printable formats. Printable applications can be downloaded at our website and once completed, must be returned by U.S. mail only. Online applications can be accessed at our website and must be submitted online. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than November 17, 2014, so don’t delay and apply now!
All information and fields on the application must be completed. Applicants should write thoughtful and informative responses to each question. The Selection & Outreach Committee will carefully review all applications to select the 50 students and a few alternates who will be invited to participate in the 2015 high school conference in Sacramento.
Student notification will begin on: February 1, 2015.
P.S. you must fill out the application in its entirety online and cannot skip ahead. To view questions ahead of time, please download the printable version below, they contain the same questions.
You can download this .pdf document and mail the completed form back to us postmarked no later than the deadline. Do not email this form to us, you may apply online by following the link above.
Adobe Acrobat document [164.6 KB] 

College Fest!

Check out Providence College in Rhode Island for FREE

Hello Seniors!
See message below from one of our SUHi Alumni!
This is a great opportunity for you to check out Providence College in Rhode Island for FREE!
Questions? Let us know.
You can also email Pedro at or Karen Vargas at
Thanks and see you back at school tomorrow!!
-Ms. Luansing

Hi Ms. Chavez-Casas,
Its Pedro Alemán. Everything is going great as it is now my second year in college!!! I have been meaning to contact you, because my school is starting a new program for multi-cultural students, mainly from a low-income community, who are interested in applying to my school or who are thinking about college. It is called Pathways to PC and it is going to be on November 4th. It is a one day event where high school seniors can see what is it like to attend classes here at my school, and also have Financial Aid sessions along with descriptions of scholarships my school offers for accepted multi-cultural students. 

I know that it is a big commitment, and that it is far away, but my school will give some vouchers for students to fly into Providence. I was thinking of hopefully bringing 1 or 2 maybe 3 students to my school to come check it out. This is an opportunity that is once in a lifetime, and I know that my school has changed my life dramatically and will impact a SUHi Red Devil!!!! If you have any questions or would like to have more information, please please don't hesitate to contact the coordinator in charge of this event. Her name is Karen Vargas and her e-mail is, and she would gladly answer any questions you have. Here is a link for more information!!!! We need more California, especially National City, kids here!!!!

Pathways to PC - Office of Admission - Providence College
Providence College is a primarily undergraduate, liberal arts, independent, not-for-profit, Catholic institution of higher education. Committed to fostering academic excellence through the sciences and humanities, the College provides a variety of opportunities for intellectual, social, moral, and spiritual growth in a supportive environment.


Pedro R. Alemán
Candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Sociology
Spanish, Latin-American Studies, & History Minor
Resident Assistant, St. Joseph Hall
Director of Development, College Democrats of Rhode Island
Treasurer, Class of 2017
Vice-President of PC Democrats
BMSA Social Committee Member
Admission Ambassador
Providence College 2017